Last week, a White House spokeswoman said that she didn't believe the president accepted FBI Director James B. Comey's reported denial of the unsubstantiated claims.
The morning after Trump made his claim, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about it on ABC's This Week; here's what she said: "Look, I think he is going off of information that he's saying that has led him to believe that this is a very real potential".
While the term deep state typically refers to longtime government officials, especially in the military or intelligence agencies, Spicer tried to characterize it as Obama loyalists throughout the government.
"Do you know whether Trump Tower was wiretapped?"
It is at this point that Spicer smiles politely before replying "it's such a great country that allows you to be here" and walking away. "I Googled him to make sure my eyes were not deceiving me", she wrote in a Medium post that has since gone viral.
"That is racism and it is an implied threat", she wrote in a blog post about the incident. "Every time that he speaks authoritatively, he's speaking as president of United States".
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Haynes fittingly decked out the posts with plenty of heart and diamond ring emojis. Jeff reposted the same photo along with the caption, "HE SAID YES!"
She told Dailymail.com: 'He could've said, "Such a great country that allows dissent", she said. Do you feel good about lying to the American people?
Then again, Trump's tweetstorm put staffers like Spicer in a tough spot. "How do you feel about destroying our country?"
"If the administration truly believes that President Obama illegally eavesdropped on the Trump campaign and wants our committee to investigate the matter, they should join my call on Director Comey to answer any question put to him that is pertinent to the Russian Federation investigation", Schiff said in a statement.
"I think I have to by law take $1, so I'll take $1 a year", he told Leslie Stahl during their 60 Minutes conversation, emphasizing both his personal fortune and his populist appeal. For me, confronting Mr. Spicer was a way to shake us out of the humdrum of life and acknowledge that the "subtle changes" are in fact abnormal and a descent into fascism.
Melber then cited a Politfact report from last month in which White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the online fact-checking website that the President "is required to get a paycheck but will be giving it back to (the) treasury or donating" the money, presumably some charity. It's the American people too.